Eye-Opening Facts About Contact Lenses - Smart Vision Labs

How many people use contact lenses to correct their vision? Do you think you take good care of your contact lenses? Are contacts for children a good idea? Read on and compare your answers to these eye-opening contact lens facts.

Quick Facts About Contact Lenses

If you choose to wear contact lenses to correct your vision, you’re far from alone. Over 30 million Americans also wear contact lenses. Half of this number is made up of people between the ages of 25 to 44. Two-thirds of that 30 million are women. Most contact lens users are nearsighted, taking advantage of the clearer vision and better field-of-view that contacts offer. Did you fall into one of these categories? It might be hard to notice how popular contact lenses have become simply because you really can’t tell if someone is wearing them or not.

Yet, despite how many people have opted to use contacts, there are still a few misconceptions about them. One is about cleaning them and the other involves the appropriate age to begin wearing contacts.

Contact Lens Care is Easy

Taking good care of your contact lenses is essential for preventing serious eye infections and conditions. However, many people either underestimate the quality of their care routine or just flat out ignore the hazards. The Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center did a study where 86 percent of contact lens users considered themselves to use proper care. However, only 32 percent of them actually practiced “good compliance” with contact lens cleaning standards. Even more surprising, 80 percent of the people knew about the risks of not caring for their lenses properly and still demonstrated some bad cleaning habits.

Proper care for your contact lenses isn’t difficult either. A lot of the upkeep actually has to do with your contact lens solution. Both the lenses themselves and their case should be cleaned with, and only with, contact lens solution. Seriously, don’t use water. It can harbor bacteria which you’d place directly into your eyes along with your lenses. It also does not disinfect like your contact lens solution will. Replacing items when necessary is also vital for good eye health. Contact lens solution should be replaced every three months (at least) and your eye care professional will tell you how often your lenses should be exchanged.

Children, Teens, and Self Esteem

Because contacts are invisible to others, they can help the wearer feel better about their appearance. At first, this may seem superficial, especially if you had no choice but to wear unflattering glasses yourself growing up. But 10% of people who wear contacts are under 18 years old. Not having to deal with a drastic change in appearance in high school is a great benefit to teenager.

The Ohio State University College of Optometry conducted a study with children and teenagers which supports this. Although glasses could also correct their vision, contacts allowed kids and teenagers to have better self-esteem as well. In addition to vision correction, the researchers noted the participants’ improved satisfaction with their appearance and the activities they became involved with. Unlike glasses, contacts both corrected their vision and gave them the confidence to have a higher quality of life.

So, feel free to join the growing number of contact lens wearers. Not only is this an ideal way to correct your vision, it can also change the way people ‘see’ you and might increase your self-esteem.

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